Posted November 18th, 2021

Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council are pleased to announce that Michelle Sylliboy has been awarded the 2021 Indigenous Artist Recognition Award.

Michelle will join Jeff Douglas on CBC Mainstreet NS today,Thursday, November 18 at 4:13 PM to discuss her work and the win.

About Michelle Sylliboy

Award winning author and interdisciplinary artist Michelle Sylliboy (Mi’kmaq/L’nu) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised on her traditional L'nuk territory in We'koqmaq, Cape Breton. While living on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Sylliboy completed a BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and a Masters in Education from Simon Fraser University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Simon Fraser University’s Philosophy of Education program, where she is working to reclaim her original written komqwej’wikasikl language. Her collection of photography and L’nuk hieroglyphic poetry, Kiskajeyi—I Am Ready, was published by Rebel Mountain Press in 2019 now available as an ebook. She was recently appointed at St FX University as new tenure track faculty in Education, Modern Language and Fine Arts departments.

Michelle Sylliboy art


About the Creative Nova Scotia Awards

Presented by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, these annual awards celebrate excellence in artistic achievement from artists across the province. The most notable award, the Portia White Prize, recognizes cultural and artistic excellence by an artist who has attained professional status, mastery and recognition in their discipline. The recipient of the award receives $18,000 and the remaining $7,000 is awarded their chosen protégé.

Other awards include the Prix Grand Pré, the Established Artist Awards, the Emerging Artist Awards, the Indigenous Artist Recognition Award and the Creative Community Impact Award.  And new to the awards this year is the Black Artist Recognition Award.

Collectively, the awards are worth $75,000.

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